Shelly Shepard Gray writes some of the most heart-warming Amish stories! Atle Petersheim finally gets the chance to court widowed Sadie Mast and I loved watching their romance blossom. I also liked watching the role Sarah Anne Miller, our bookmobile librarian, played in helping bring these two together. Sadie's three children added their own personality and charm to the story. I especially like watching 16-year-old Cale Mast try to figure out his role within the family, life, and his own courtship to long-time crush Hope Overholt.
Gray intertwined each of these lives in special ways and wrote a very charming Christmas themed novel. A bookmobile matchmaker plays central role in all three of these stories that I think readers will fall in love with! I would not hesitate to recommend A Christmas Courtship to anyone.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions expressed here are my own. *
A solitary sort, forty-two-year-old Atle Petersheim spends his time hard at work in his wood shop. But as the days get long, he realizes just how lonely he’s become. When his longtime crush, Sadie Mast, a widow and mother of three, asks him to help her build a room in their barn for her son Cale, Atle can’t say no. Eager to pursue Sadie at last, he turns to bookmobile librarian Sarah Anne Miller for courting advice. More than happy to help, Sarah Anne decides the best way to learn about love is through books—romance novels to be precise.
Between completing holiday orders for her flourishing food business, helping Cale navigate a dramatic new relationship with his boss’s daughter, and coming to terms with the trauma her late husband had inflicted upon her and her children—not to mention Atle showing up at her door with flowers—Sadie is in over her head. Though Atle’s efforts are initially clumsy and his declarations a bit awkward, Sadie can’t help but be charmed by him. He’s patient and kind...and at times even seems to know far more about romance than he’s let on.